PEC uniform examination controversy
Controversy likely over grade 5, 8 exams
Lahore, Oct 18: A controversy is expected over the upcoming grade-5 and
grade-8 uniform examination this time again as thousands of students
from private schools have yet to register for the exams scheduled for
February 2011, it is learnt.
The Punjab Examination Commission (PEC)
had set October 15, 2010 as deadline for grade-5 and grade- 8 students
of public and private schools to submit registration forms. However,
according to the PEC sources, except for public sector schools, a large
number of private schools have yet to submit forms of their students.
said it had been decided to extend the deadline but the cutoff date was
yet to be decided in this regard. It is pertinent to mention here that
over the years, the Punjab government has been facing a tough time from
private schools for the conduct of the standardised exams. Every year, a
controversy erupts and private schools openly oppose the uniform exams.
This time again, the private sector's lukewarm response to the PEC
exams is astonishing as the Punjab government had already announced that
grade-5 and grade-8 exams would be compulsory for 100 percent students
of all government and private schools as well as partner private schools
of the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) from primary to higher
secondary level without any exception.
Representatives of private sector schools strongly criticised the
government, saying the Punjab government was insisting for uniform exams
of grade-5 and grade-8 just to continue receiving funding from the
foreign donors besides no other province had introduced this type of
All Pakistan Private Schools Welfare Association (APPSWA)
President Syed Zulqarnain Shah said it was unfortunate that the Punjab
government was forcing the private sector students to appear in the PEC
exams while no other province was following such pattern of exams. He
said that in this way, the provincial government alone could not ensure
uniformity in education across the country. He also claimed that there
was also shortage of textbooks in the market, adding that difference in
syllabus followed by private and public schools was another issue.
APPSWA president also warned that if the government did not allow
students of private schools, who would not take PEC exams, to appear in
its boardsí matriculation exams, private schools would go for Aga Khan
University Examination Board (AKU-EB) for affiliation. He said the
private schools under the APPSWA would not go for registration of the
All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association
(APPSMA) President Adeeb Jawadani was of the view that only those
schools of the association would go for the PEC exams which were
registered for 5th to 8th classes, adding that the students of those
schools registered for matriculation would not sit in the PEC exams. He
also said no where in the country, except in Punjab, the grade-5 and
grade-8 exams were compulsory.
It is also important to mention here
that during a recent press conference, Chief Executive Officer of the
Beaconhouse School System (BSS) Kasim Kasuri had said that it was yet to
be decided whether the BSS or The Educators students would appear in
the PEC exams.
To a question, he had said that in his personal
opinion, students of junior classes should not be tested. ìWe are not
opposing this exam but I have ideological differences in this
connection,î he added.
According to the Punjab government
statistics, over 2 million students had appeared in grade-5 and grade-8
PEC exams both from private and public sector in 2010.
The News could not reach PEC Chief Executive Officer Capt (r) Naseem Nawaz despite repeated attempts on his cell phone.
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PBTE affiliated institutes get warning
Lahore: The Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) chairman has
issued warning notices to a number of affiliated institutes for not
meeting the board's requirements in connection with provision of
facilities to the students.
He also warned that affiliation of those
institutions would be cancelled which failed to provide practical
laboratories and relevant faculties to their students.
According to a
press statement, Punjab Board of Technical Education Chairman Dr
Muhammad Shafique issued warning notices during his surprise visits to
the board's affiliated institutes in various districts of the province.
notice was issued to a college of technology at Sahiwal for giving
admission to students to diploma without seeking its affiliation with
the Punjab Board of Technical Education.
Similarly warning letters
were issued to a polytechnic institute at Okara, a polytechnic institute
at Sahiwal and technology institute at Sargodha for not meeting the
required standard of the board and having laboratories below required
During his visit, the Punjab Board of Technical Education
chairman also held meetings with the teachers and students and listened
to their problems and informed them about the reforms taken by the board
for improving technical education to fulfil the requirements of the
He also held meetings with the owners of the affiliated
institutes of private sector and emphasised better teaching and
The heads of various institutions were warned for
not paying heed to practical work, unavailability of teachers and
official record etc.
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Oriental College role lauded
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor has said that during
140 years of its existence, the varsity's Oriental College has produced
the largest number of Urdu language and literature scholars who have
rendered unforgettable services for preservation and promotion of Urdu
language, poetry and literature in the Subcontinent.
PU VC Prof Dr
Mujahid Kamran was speaking at a farewell function held at Sherani Hall
of the college to honour three retiring professors namely Dr Muhammad
Akram Ch, Dr Tehseen Firaqi and Dr Muhammad Saleem Malik.
glowing tributes to retiring scholars on their outstanding teaching and
literary contribution, VC said they had rendered tremendous literary and
linguistic services in addition to polishing academic and creative
faculties of young graduates and promoting understanding of Urdu
language and literature at the international level.
Speaking on the
occasion, Academic Staff Association (ASA) President Prof Dr Mahr
Muhammad Saeed Akhtar lauded rich contribution and services of retiring
colleagues for promotion of Urdu poetry and literature.
Principal Prof Dr Mazhar Moeen shared with the audience his personal
experiences and pleasant memories with retiring scholars during their
service at college.
Retiring professors said they would never forget
the honour which had been extended to them on their retirement through
holding of this memorable farewell function. They briefly spoke about
their long association with their colleagues, teaching experience and
remarked they would always remember pleasant memories of their life at
PU publication: The Punjab University's Department of
Library & Information Science has published the 2010 issue of
Pakistan Journal of Library & Information Science (PJLIS).
issue has been published under new Editor Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood which
covers research papers on important areas of library and information
science. An online version of the issue is also available on its website
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Lahore: The Punjab University has awarded a PhD degree in Zoology
to Asma Abdul Latif. She completed her thesis "Genotyping of
Echinococcus Granulosus in Punjab" under the supervision of Dr Tanvir
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Six ICU teachers deprived of doctoral studies abroad
Peshawar: Poor response of the federal government and indifference of
the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad, have put the future of
Islamia College University Peshawar (ICUP) at stake, as six of its
teachers selected for PhD are yet to be sent for the studies abroad.
in 1913, the Islamia College Peshawar was upgraded to the university
level in December 2007. After being upgraded, the institution needed
high calibre teachers for running MPhil and PhD programmes, sources said.
Various steps in the direction of strengthening the
higher education and research activities in the universities across the
country by the HEC had opened up new vistas for the ICUP teachers to
improve their qualification abroad for running MPhil and PhD programmes,
the sources said.
Some of the teachers have already gone abroad on
the HEC scholarships to pursue their higher education. Six of the
teachers from English and Physics departments are, however, still
awaiting green signal from the HEC for going abroad despite getting
admission to various universities of the United Kingdom (UK). "They are
not being sent abroad on the plea of non-availability of fund with the
HEC," an official of the university told this reporter.
fulfilling all requirements like IELTS, written tests, interviews and
medical tests, the HEC is not releasing them funds for going abroad,
creating serious problems for them, as timeline for them to join the
respective universities might exhaust this month, he added.
Ziaullah Sehrai, president of Islamia College University Teaching Staff
Association, expressed concern over denial of scholarship by the HEC to
the teachers for their studies because of the lack of funds. He demanded
the federal government to release funds for the foreign scholarships of
the ICUP teachers and appealed to HEC Chairman Dr Javed Leghari to look
into the matter for allaying the concerns of the teachers and save the
future of the university.
Dr Sehrai said it was a matter of great
pleasure for the ICUP to have its young teachers successfully gone
through the rigorous process of selection for the scholarship. Many of
the senior teachers of the university with PhD degrees, who have been
looking after research work of MA, MSc, MPhil and PhD students were
about to retire and it was necessary for the young teachers to acquire
higher education to fill the gap, he added.
"However, when our
teachers were at a hand's distance from going abroad, a letter from HEC
forestalled their departure, telling them that the HEC had no funds to
meet their higher education expenses abroad," he deplored.
said the ICUP was already short of competent, foreign qualified MPhil
and PhD teachers and if six young teachers were deprived of their higher
education abroad, this would be the grave injustice to this great seat
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